EFM Industry Debates

The EFM Industry Debates provide a unique opportunity during the European Film Market to discuss current issues relevant to the international film industry. We bring together top experts from all areas of the entertainment industry to offer their in-depth insights and spark the debates that shape the business. Admission to the EFM Industry Debates is free of charge for EFM participants with a Market Badge and accredited festival visitors. Previous online registration is required.

All three Industry Debates can be streamed now. You can find the video of the respective panel discussion below.

Panel Topics

Chinese video has come a long way in a very short time. From an essentially illegal and disc based marketplace only a few years ago, online video companies are today at the cutting edge of the film industry in China.

Different business models exist side by side as subscription and transactional video have historically been slow to grow. That has not stopped the companies becoming massive consumers of local, Hollywood and international content. And with cinema visits per head still very low in China, online (and mobile) video is the preferred format for many people.

As they compete aggressively for eyeballs, the platforms have pursued aggressive windows policies, sought integration with search and social media, and have become the marketing partners of the Hollywood studios.

Regulations on content threaten to crimp the sector, but the platforms remain optimistic of further growth with investors pouring money into these platforms.

Panelists:

Mark Ganis (Jiaflix), Li Yansong (iQIYI).
The panel is moderated by Patrick Frater (Variety).

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Panel Video

Venue and Time

Gropius Mirror Restaurant
Niederkirchnerstraße, across from the Martin-Gropius-Bau

4 - 5 pm (one hour debate followed by networking cocktail)

In a crowded marketplace film producers need to be more versatile and entrepreneurial than ever. Fragmentation brings challenges but also great opportunity. We hear from an Oscar-winning producer who recently turned to ‘self-distribution’ and newcomers to the model for insight into the advantages and challenges of alternative releasing. We will also hear from the platforms they are looking to engage and discuss new trends in the space. Get the experts’ first-hand advice that every up-and-coming producer should hear.

Panelists:

Sigrid Dyekjær (Danish Documentary), Robert Franke (Viewster), Christina Garza (Mundial Sales), Olivier Kaempfer (Parkville Pictures/Film London), Gareth Unwin (Bedlam Film Productions).
The panel is moderated by Andreas Wiseman (Screen International).

In cooperation with:

Panel Video

Venue and Time

Gropius Mirror Restaurant
Niederkirchnerstraße, across from the Martin-Gropius-Bau

4 - 5 pm (one hour debate followed by networking cocktail)

The world is enjoying the golden age of television, but so far Germany, the world's second-largest television market, has been left behind, with few series that have succeeded in finding an audience outside their home country. But that could change, and soon. Big German series, from Tom Tykwer's big-budget period drama "Babylon Berlin" to the 80s cold war thriller "Deutschland 83" from RTL to the ZDF crime and punishment series "Schuld" featuring film star Moritz Bleibtreu, Germany is making its move, looking to create small screen drama that will play big on the world stage.

Panelists:

Stefan Arndt (X Filme), Oliver Berben (Moovie), Matthias Glasner (Director & Writer of Blochin), Heike Hempel (ZDF), Jan Mojto (Beta Film).
The panel is moderated by Scott Roxborough (The Hollywood Reporter).

In cooperation with:

Panel Video

Venue and Time

Gropius Mirror Restaurant
Niederkirchnerstraße, across from the Martin-Gropius-Bau

4 - 5 pm (one hour debate followed by networking cocktail)